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difficult issues that face the united states. so we are happy to have you. it's important to remember that yes, let's have quick applause for bob turner. [applause] do you know why? he may one day become a kingmaker himself. what we have to point out is acknowledging bob turner's election is that it requires for [inaudible conversations] across party lines. if you didn't know, bob turner is a republican in what would be otherwise considered a democratic district of brooklyn. mayor koch is not the first time -- and queens, you're right. so sorry. thank you for correcting me. but this is not the first time that mayor koch has crossed party lines. of course, remember, he voted for george bush in the second election, 2004. he actually famously said i don't agree with a single thing that george bush -- >> single domestic issue. >> with the exception of the fact that i think he is handling terrorism and a superior way. and that he was the most important issue. in the case of the movements, support for bob turner, you and i did an event shortly thereafter in which you explained your support
tack toy are -- brings out a jar and it's full of disdense that he -- we have that in the united states. and it's sort of different concepts it's not that a dictator disappeared people. but it is that violence and drugs really disappear huge segments of the black community and the bad choices. i began to meet these men and start to think about this. and ask myself, you you know what are their stories. but two, how about operating in a role which i can acknowledge my failures and their failures and respect them despite that. how do i deal with it? i think i deal with trauma. if you have an eye injury, you have eye forms scar tissue over the wound. i was playing soccer, you have to ask me about spanish. when i was playing soccer with latino kids. somebody can kicked the ball and it hit any the eye. my retina almost got detached. i had to see a specialist and it formed over it. it didn't get detached. then the scar formed over the scar. they thought it was at risk of breaking. it was at risk of being detached if i had experienced a huge blunt force trauma to my head. i won't tell you which
in united states to shrink from our belief in universal rights. i think it's just the example we get to the rest of the world. and that example because of events in recent years and iraq and afghanistan and elsewhere, the fact that our political system is not functioning as smoothly as it might have at one point, not as smoothly as it could operate, i think we've lost a little bit of our ability to influence others in the world. we have to acknowledge that, and we have to regain that. and then they will perhaps start following some of the examples we've set forward. we are still the most successful country, i think, democracy and the world. i think we been an example to asia, an example to europe. the doctor mentioned the marshall plan. that brought europe to where it is now. and i always am amused that people say this change can't happen. look at my european friends, they are all social democrats and they all have teams in queens. so i mean, it can happen. >> okay, more questions. >> hello everybody. i am from belgium and i'm currently working for the washington quarterly. i'd like
.s. debt, as is featured. unbelievable that the debt of the united states could be at risk. but there you have it. it's a big deal. and there is no particular magic wand. the truth is with elected leaders who have been unwilling to tell us we have to pay for what we ask for. so we haven't done it. the debt is now burdening our economy, our growth, our job creation. and, frankly, even our attitudes. it creates a coloration of the whole climate that says, don't take risks. you already own too much. you slow down in that regard, you slow down the ability to solve the problem. that's why we are today. a couple rules. as we begin this conversation to shift from a problem approach to solution approach. first of all, let's try to get our latest essay there are no quick fixes to that, and there are no absolutes, let's stop the exercise of saying i will never, i will never support a tax increase, i will never support a tax on social security or entitlements. all that does is delay the honesty, the ability to work together. we have to do what we have to do to fix the problem that we created. that's
of the countries wider fiscal troubles. no doubt the united states faces a serious fiscal predicament that could turn into a crisis of credit, confidence, of our position in the world if not addressed. at some point financial insolvency at home will turn into strategic insolvency abroad. we are not there yet, but the longer the united states government delays in getting with countries long-term fiscal problems, will only make dealing with them later more painful and potentially more risky in terms of national security. we will get a preview of how damaging this scenario could be at the end of december when hundreds of billions of dollars in mindless across the board spending cuts will take effect for 2013. adding up to more than $1.2 trillion in reduced discretionary spending over the next decade. half of that coming from defense. the result would be grave damage to the u.s. military, homeland security, aviation safety, and virtually all other essential government operations. according to most experts, taking so much money out of the u.s. economy so soon and without any strategy, rationality, or
transformation of women writers or literary seekers from the rest of the world. as you know, united states of america, the land i love, the land i have adopted as my home, in recent decades has paid less and less attention to transiti transition, especially to literary translation. the number of books from the middle east and north africa into english -- [inaudible] in the last 32 years, there has been a lot more translation of english literature that there has been in america, from the land that many consider -- >> is there a contemporary woman rider and iran that you would recommend? olutely. let's first say that -- [inaudible] there is a renaissance. there is a renaissance going on in iran. and women are at center stage. let me give you one example about women novelists. in 1947, we have the first major collection of short stories by our foremost woman novelist can and she passed with a couple weeks ago at the age of 19. so women writers are very exceptional. women poets in iran go back over 1000 years, because poetry is more woman kind of art form. you can ride in the privacy of your h
. i would see a press corps, especially from the united states which had really not very much experience to draw on, most of that world war ii cohort, like ernie pyle, john hersey, edward r. murrow, martha kilbourne, a lot of these folks had very little experience as war correspondent. some of them had experience as a journalist, but very few of them had been covering world war i. and so for them it was all new. and i was really, really impressed with the quality and the beauty indeed of some the things they wrote. ernie pyle, you know, jimmy had always been kind of a cartoon character. you know, the journalist in the foxhole. but some of the things he wrote were choose, i would love to share. >> that would be great spent see if i can put my finger on it passage here that i think really evokes his finest work. and it was the kind of thing he wrote that cat people, let's see, in the service at that time. some of the soldiers would send letters back home to the family and say i'm not going to bother sending you any more letters. if you really want to know what the war is like yo
to the united states, and nobody in this body has worked harder on bringing jobs home to the united states than the presiding officer, the senator from ohio, senator brown. well, the ryan plan would do exactly the opposite. it would tell big corporations that if they move their business operations overseas, they'll never pay taxes on those again. the ryan plan is really a jobs bill for china, for india, for korea. not for america. it's an offshoring rewards act. in addition to those upside down tax changes that harm the middle class and raise their taxes to cut taxes for the highest earners in this country, in addition to its inducements to offshore more jobs instead of bringing them home, the ryan budget would slash $2.9 trillion from our health care programs beginning for workers who retire in 2023, mr. ryan would convert medicare to a voucher system, which according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office would ultimately add an estimated $6,000 in annual out-of-pocket costs that our retirees, our seniors, would have to fork over. it's hard to imagine how future seniors living on a fi
>> there is no the community in the united states of america the votes overwhelmingly 90% for one party. in 1996 i realized we voted republican. we only -- were the only race in the united states of america that is done. it's created a system that decided the republican party where republicans say we've got to win without them. so somebody starts with whether they are racist or not racist, people say stupid things in both parties. i used to get into that debate. i don't anymore. i'm just about trying to build people up, not tear people down. so that was a stupid discussion. do i think that is reflective of the whole party? now i don't. i don't publicly that. my point, i'm not trying to defend him. i don't come to these discussions trying to defend republicans nor do i come trying to defend democrats. i comes and here's what i believe and here's what i support. getting back to the point, if were able to look at some kind of model where we to 20% of the african-american committee and we said okay, you be a democrat, get engaged, go work on the hill, be a big fundraiser, to the polic
will see that we have a lot of other nations that in concert with the united states also believe that the unilateral imposition of the emissions trading scheme is inappropriate. finally, there appears to be some recognition on the european side of late that there are real consequences for doing this. so we will continue to press for the appropriate avenues for the resolution of an issue like this. we are continuing to make it clear that we have serious concerns and do not believe it should be implemented. and i think the consequences of the european union moving ahead to the latter are much better understood by the e.u. these days. >> mr. chairman, thank you. just a few comments, and i think it's worth noting, oftentimes we point out when there are mistakes made for cost overruns, but, you know, i just have to say that since i've been involved in nextgen, i mentioned in my opening remarks that there was a time when the faa could tell us in layman's terms what nextgen was. it wasn't until secretary lahood was appointed secretary of transportation, and randy babbitt, the former adm
. to some degree that is largely sitting on the united states. so won't imf put more pressure on the state u.s. congress to approve the change in the coming weeks and how confident are you that we're likely to see the completion of this reform before the annual meeting is at dover as the imf has plans? thanks. >> well, it's not just the united states. clearly there are others including energy 20 countries that has not yet ratified the reform that was committed to by the leaders in 2010. so it's not the u.s. issue. everyone focuses on the us because the u.s. has a very sizable quota in the institution and is my largest member, my largest shareholder if you will. but the u.s. is not alone in that camp. i certainly hope that the u.s. authorities at large, including congress, with appreciate how needed u.s. leadership is and how needed the imf role is going forward in order to address not the sort of remote crisis around the world, but the indirect consequences of those remote crisis is around the world, including on the u.s. economy. i think if there's one thing that we are learning from all th
'd like to talk about the fact the teamsters union has 1.4 million unions, we are in united states, canada, 150,000 members in canada. we are in puerto rico. we are the most democratic union in the united states. we are very proud of it. an effective we are elected by the members. we are not elected by business agents. we are elected by ballots being mailed out to members all over the place. we mail out $1.4 million. they come back, and i running it over here, my secretary treasurer, a great slate, we won roughly two-thirds of the vote and i bet barack obama would like to have those numbers. we are very proud of what we've done, and it shows the fact is in a tough economy, in tough times, we are getting the job done. it's no secret we're in the middle of a tremendous recession. we have 23 million people out of work but you will have to go back, i had to laugh at the convention, talking about the fact they were trying to blame barack obama for what happened as it no one remembers the bush administration and no one remembers always with hank paulson and t.a.r.p. that everyone seems to have f
in the united states, the role of human capital in promoting economic growth of a region and the impact of tax incentives on the creation of jobs in a region. so without further adieu, let me turn it over to paul. paul? >> thank you, steven. in preparing for these introductory remarks i wanted to conduct a scan of a research literature and get a sense what are the themes we can identify in the literature that can provide us framework for thinking about possible reform. interestingly i went through the same exercise larry did in preparation for his presentation. nice thing is i largely came up with the same findings, my comments, what i will try to do is fit my comments on the edges rather than repeat what larry said already. but as i said, i came up with three approaches that i thought were worth highlighting based on literature. the three we largely touched on already. the emphasis on sector focused training but generally getting employers more engaged in the training enterprise as a potential key to success. programs that are intensive, comprehensive or customized in providing training and s
to the united states, you had a whole bunch of training in that area, particularly from king holmes who's still in seat and still a real leader in stds. and then you go back to in 1983 to africa with some of the same people that you were in the ebola epidemic with. you're in that massive, i mean, anybody that's ever been in africa knows what i'm talking about, massive colonial hospital. and you say in the book -- you wrote in your diary: incredible, a catastrophe for africa. this is what i want to work on. it will change everything. what was so incredible? what would change everything? what were you looking at in that hospital? >> the hospital, by the way, is the name of mbutu's mother. dictators seem to really love their mother, and they have something, and they name all kinds of things after their mother. [laughter] no, i had been there in '36, gone through -- '76, gone think the files, and here -- gone through the files. and suddenly they were full with young men and women, in these todays of my age, and dying. emaciated and all kinds of infections, just name it. and we had, like, 100 cases
the united states. >> right. and what i'm wondering is, am i right, my impression certainly is, whereas the traditionally the irgc, the quds force that operate within the middle east, hezbollah, and iraqi shia militias, obviously in iraq, that now they seem to be spreading out more broadly. the two cases we know are the u.s. and bulgaria. is that, is that -- >> well, i would say that your impression is consistent with my own. insofar as certain we've seen iranian influence in iraq and in afghanistan, but we've also seen links between iran and terrorist operations in india, thailand, georgia. so is a threat that is beyond the immediate region of iran. >> so let me ask any of you, to what extent now this expansion of terrorist activities sponsored by the iranian government rises as a threat to our homeland among the other terrorist threats to our homeland? >> i'll take that him at first. again, you mentioned, and i discussed briefly, the planned attack last fall, so it is, i would consider it to be a significant source of concern for us, both iran and its terrorist element, the quds force
. the olympics expunged the word "amateur" from its dialogue shortly after the 1978 law in the united states that required athletes to be on every governing committee for the 39 olympic committees. no one could look across the table until the athletes that they should be on food stamps because there would be banished for life, like jesse owens, if they got a nickel for competing in the sports. there are models. franchisees a nice notion. the n.c.a.a. is a cartel in the sense that they have artificial rules agreed to by the schools to penalize anybody, any athlete, receives or any university grants one nickel above the agreed stipend. that is enormously significant. it is true. only 1% of the college athletes ever go pro. the flip side of that is that 99% of the athletes who have been devoting their lives to the sports and their bodies and are all beat up, the college experience is the only opportunity in their whole lifetime to get a nest egg out of the value they are creating. it is enormous. for one month, to run march madness, a cbs turner sports called -- paid directly $771 million for r
that this day has not been forgotten here on the floor of the united states senate. mr. cardin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: i want to thank senator gillibrand for bringing this moment to the attention of the united states senate and the american people and thank senator rubio, senator durbin for being here. it's hard to believe it's been 40 years. it's hard to believe it's been 40 years since that tragic event in which terrorists had the attention of the world in the olympics at munich. and it's hard to believe over the last 40 years we've experienced so much of the violence from extremists and terrorists, tomorrow we will commemorate the 11th anniversary of the attack on our own country, and we recognize that the only way that we can stand up to this type of extremism is to never forthe get. -- forget and dere-dedicate ourselves to do everything we can to root out extremists, to root out terrorists and to never forget the consequences of their actions. so i want thank senator gillibrand and senator rubio for the resolution that we passed in th
the united states courthouse in buffalo, new york, and on so forth. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. pryor: i futher and that the bill be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate and that any statements relating to the measure be printed at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number 445, h.r. 1791. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 445, h.r. 1791, an act to designate the united states courthouse under construction at 101 south united states route 1 in fort pierce, florida, and so forth. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. pryor: i further ask that the bill be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, and that any st
said that the united states of america is one budget deal away from restoring its global preeminence, so he would think we would have a bugged and then you would think we would deal with the appropriations bills, which are the basic work of the senate. i and others on both sides of the aisle came to the floor earlier this year to compliment the majority and minority leader for their decision to bring all 12 appropriations bills to the floor. the committee did its work. is 1 o11 of the 12 have been red to the floor. the house did its work. but the majority leader said we're not going to consider any appropriations bills. mr. president, being elected to the senate and not being allowed to vote on appropriations bills is like being invited to join the grand ole opry and not be allowed to sing. we need a republican majority. if we had one, we could have a budget. if we had one, we will bring appropriations bills to the floor. we will debate them, amend them, vote on them and do our jobs. thank you, mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from south dakota. mr. thune: there is n
. mr. pietrusza, was coolidge a vain man? he was the only president of the united states to have his face on a u.s. coin during his presidency. >> guest: that is a true fact. that he is the only living president. it was a sesquicentennial of, you know, it was one of those things that, you know, washington and coolidge on the same thing. i'm not quite sure what role he had in picking that out. he did say it is a good thing for our presidents to know they are not great men or for people to know that. and i think he had a understanding of his limitations, certainly the limitations of power, federal power, presidential power, but also, you know, when he went out to the badlands and he'd put a head dress on he put a big cowboy outfit on. and, you know, one of his advisers said, mr. president, people are laughing at you. and he said, well, sometimes it's good for people to laugh. now, a guy who says that can't be all stuck up on himself. of course, he was also decided he wasn't going to run for another term. so being on the way out of office sometimes is a good thing. gls and if you would
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